Sarah Nightingale

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Sector Council Member (Independent)

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Sarah Nightingale brings many years of experience in the grain and feed industry to this new role. She has been a self-employed consultant since 1999, and clients have included organisations involved in trade in grain, feed, rice, general produce, essential oils and animal health products. Prior to this, she was Trade Policy Manager at the Grain and Feed Trade Association (Gafta), based in London. Her first job was as an economist at the Home-Grown Cereals Authority, where she specialised on trade policy issues and world trade rules, as well as the development of the UK S&D tables.

Sarah gained her BSc (Hons) in Agriculture in 1987, after which she did a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics at Reading University. Throughout her career, she has worked on many challenging issues that affect the arable sector and has worked hard to coordinate different viewpoints into a consensual point for action. She has worked with Defra on various committees involved in the development of UK agricultural policy, and worked with the cereals supply chain, from farmers to end-processors, on advising policy-makers following the Brexit vote.

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